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Prominent politician Jayanti Patnaik dies at 90 in Bhubaneswar, President expresses grief

Jayanti Patnaik was the first chairperson of the National Commission for Women. His term began on 3 February 1992. She remained in this position till 30 January 1995. Apart from this, Jayanti Patnaik was also active in politics. She was an MP and social worker.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Bhubaneswar: Senior Congress leader and the first chairperson of the National Commission for Women Jayanti Patnaik passed away on Wednesday. She was 90 years old. Jayanti Patnaik, who was a four-time MP, was the wife of the late former Chief Minister of Odisha, JB Patnaik. His son told that his mother was declared brought dead by the doctors at a hospital here. Former Assam Governor JB Patnaik passed away in 2015. There are one son and two daughters in his family.

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Jayanti Patnaik was suffering from old age related ailments. He was taken to the hospital on Wednesday evening, where doctors declared him brought dead. His son P Vallabh Patnaik told that his mother was declared brought dead by the doctors at a hospital in Bhubaneswar. He said that a decision has not yet been taken regarding his funeral.

President Murmu condoles the death
President Draupadi Murmu condoled the demise of senior Congress leader and eminent social activist Jayanti Patnaik. The President tweeted, “Sad to learn about the passing away of Smt Jayanti Patnaik, wife of former Chief Minister of Odisha JB Patnaik. She was also a former MP and eminent social activist. She became the darling of the people of the state through her service and dedication. My condolences to his family, friends and well wishers.

Odisha Governor expresses grief
“Odisha Governor expressed his grief over the demise of former MP, senior politician and a noted writer Jayanti Patnaik. Her contribution to the field of literature will be remembered,” the Raj Bhavan said in a statement.

Jayanti Patnaik was born on April 7, 1932, at Aska in Ganjam district and completed her graduation in Sociology from Shailabala Women’s Autonomous College in Cuttack. She did her post graduation from Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), Mumbai.

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Apart from this, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Sharat Patnaik, former OPCC President Niranjan Patnaik and many other dignitaries condoled her death.

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